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Walk+Talk: Cross Pollination – When Art and Science Meet
Tanya Ha

Sat 27 Jan, 7.30pm–8.30pm
NGV International
Ground Level

Free entry

Award-winning science journalist, best-selling author and environmental campaigner Tanya Ha explores the contributions science and art make to each other, and asks the question, can art and design help save the planet?

Tanya Ha is an award-winning science journalist, best-selling author and environmental campaigner. She is a media commentator on science and environmental topics, and a behaviour change consultant. Tanya’s work focuses on linking science with broader society. She is currently Director of Engagement at Science in Public and an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. She manages publicity for National Science Week, communication for the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia and media programs for scientific conferences.

Mon 22 Jan, 7.30–8.30pm (Past)

How does science contribute to art? And what does art offer science?

New technologies—such as 3D printing, computer aided design, robotics and laser cutting—have offered new techniques for contemporary artists and designers. Similarly, the scientific understanding of the materials of art-making have allowed people to further explore and manipulate these materials, push the traditional boundaries and explore their creative expression. But while science deals with questions of objective fact, art can push further into subjective speculation. Together, art and science collaborations offer a means to provoke both thought and feeling.

Explore key works in NGV Triennial that bring art and science together, to reflect on how science and technology have changed art, the power of art to move people, and how art challenges us to question our perceptions of what is real.

Meet In front of Xu Zhen, Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana …, 2016–2017, Federation Court, Ground Level

Sat 27 Jan, 7.30–8.30pm
Environment

Can art and design help save the planet?

From Bruegel’s Massacre of the Innocents to Beyoncé’s Freedom, art has long been a weapon against injustice in society, a means of speaking truth to power, or a gentle force for good. We are now living in an era where human activity has changed the face of the planet, disrupted ecosystems, and threatened the continued existence of many species.

Artworks made with recycled waste challenge how we value materials, and highlight the consequences of consumerism, litter and pollution. Other works hint at the unseen back-story of their component materials.

Explore key works in NGV Triennial that that ask us to value our fragile planet, confront our impact on it, and question our shaping of the future.

Meet In front of Xu Zhen, Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana …, 2016–2017, Federation Court, Ground Level

Supported by program patrons Maureen Wheeler AO and Tony Wheeler AO.

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